The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
, and our Venue page
to learn more about this beautiful historic building.
Daphne Lee Martin started making music when she was just a kid. It was oldies radio, playing “Chapel of Love” and Daphne was singing along
harmonies when her folk-singer mother overheard her and began teaching her. Growing up in southern Ohio, the family had always been around
a great wealth of white gospel, mountain ballads, classic country and Old Time fiddle and banjo tunes. She was never one for the raucous numbers,
but stuck mostly with the torch songs and does to this day.
At 17, Daphne & her mom and sister recorded an album of harmony-rich old time and maritime songs. Daphne fell in love with tall ships, something
completely foreign, exotic and romantic to a gal who’d never lived near the ocean or even in a city. The next year, she put her guitar in her
car and drove to New York City to cut her teeth on performing in the concrete jungle.
Following the path of the trio singing she loved, she joined forces with Erica Smith and Alison Kelley to form the “trio of sultry songbirds”
Ida Red. This was when she realized she could write songs in the style of the songs she’d loved since childhood. She spent the next few years
around Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community using music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the
importance of traditions to the communities of the future. After all, somebody has to carry the torch of the beautiful legacy of folks like
Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, Alan Lomax, Pete and all the countless musicians who have given us these old songs.
When she finally swallowed the anchor, New London, CT was the home base for the group of musicians who’d helped Daphne get started with the
first album, she and long-time friend Craig Edwards joined up with a group doing Hot Club style covers and they all formed a string band
supporting Daphne’s original songs, giving them their signature swing. Over time, it became Raise the Rent, focused on a harder, darker
edge incorporating drums and electric guitars into the set and leaning ever harder on timeless melodies and arrangements inspired by the
tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s and of course, Tom Waits. She developed a vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of
Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case.
‘Dig & Be Dig’ was released in November 2011 and Daphne has been recording and touring full-time ever since. Now about to release her 4th studio
full-length, ‘Fall On Your Sword’ she’ll be touring nationally in the fall of 2015 including an Ocober stop in fanwood at the historic carriage house.
Daphne and her husband Rich also own an independent old-school vinyl record shop, The Telegraph
Check out her web site at: www.daphneleemartin.com
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he
was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was
introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional
Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entitiled "The Other Side of the World" with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004.
His composition entitled "El Otro Lado del Mundo" was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and "Samba de Siempre"
in 2005, also "Seventh Night" is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled
"Confluencia" in 2006 and the third album"Where the River Shines" in 2008.
Hiroya has been leading concerts with his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding,
Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band). Hiroya's recent album is "Heartland"
which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya did four days live performances on Japan Public TV(NHK) program
Check out his web site at: www.hiroyatsukamoto.com
Jon DiFiore - www.jondifiore.com
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as
train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to
you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.